Leonard Everett Alexander

02/22/1929 - 02/06/2014 Obituary
Leonard Everett Alexander Obituary
Leonard Everett Alexander, 84, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 6, 2014 at his home in Weldon Ca. The Kern River Valley has lost another descendent of the pioneers who settled in Weldon and the surrounding areas.
Born to Walter and Margurette Alexander in Bakersfield on Feb. 22, 1929, Leonard grew up and lived in Weldon his entire life. As a young boy he attended South Fork Elementary and went on to Bakersfield High. Leonard was drafted into the Army and was deployed to Okinawa where he gained the rank of Corporal. Leonard married Loretta Ford on May 28, 1959. They had three children. Jay L. , Tammy Lynn, and Joyce. After divorcing in 1978, Leonard met Elouise Mc Daniel (while on a singles bowling league) and married on March 22, 1980, blending the family with her two children, Shelley, and Jason. Leonard worked as a cowboy on many ranches in the South Fork Valley for over 35 years. Drought forced him out of the cattle business and went on to a second career as a heavy equipment operator for Cal-Trans. He retired in 1991 after 29 years of service.
Leonard was more than a cowboy, he also had a great influence on shaping the South Fork Valley. He helped with the construction of classrooms at the South Fork School, and served on the School Board for 14 years. He served as a Search & Rescue volunteer for 24 years, a volunteer fireman, and served as a 4-H leader for 19 years.
Leonard's true passion was team roping. He was an accomplished roper, headin' or healin'. He could be found most Sundays at the Johnny Mc Nally arena, or at Tony Cane's place with his buddies. His son Jay was his favorite partner to team up with. He was a well-known competitor at the Whiskey Flat and Stampede Rodeo, winning several trophy buckles, a saddle, and other prizes.
Leonard is what he is, and that is a good neighbor, loyal friend and a cowboy roper. When he was asked what motivated him to become a cowboy his answer was, "This is all I have ever wanted to be and all I ever knew."
Leonard is preceded in death by his parents, Walter Alexander & William & Margurette Chappel, his sister, Marjorie, his first wife, Loretta, and his daughter, Tami Lynn. Also preceding him were his longtime cowboy and roping friends, Cecil Pascoe, Mel Crowder, John Mc Nally, and Denny Knight.
He leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Elouise, his son Jay and wife Cindy, daughter Joyce Alexander , step children, Shelley Thompson and husband John, & Jason Mc Daniel. He leaves behind six grandchildren, Melinda, Hailey, Sarah, Kandee, Justin, and Eric, along with two great grandchildren, Tyler, and Spencer. Leonard is also survived by his sister, Annette (Sis) and husband Richard Statts, and lifelong friend Dwight Pascoe. In addition he leaves many cousins, nieces, and nephews, and his many friends from the Kern River Valley and beyond.
Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Lake Isabella on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 at 11:00am. Viewing will be held at the Sierra Valley Mortuary on Wednesday from 4:30 -8:00pm. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hoffman Hospice. Additional announcement published in the Kern Valley Sun
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Feb. 11, 2014
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